Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

Spicy Cajun chicken quinoa

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Protein-packed quinoa makes this midweek meal a superhealthy option

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal386
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre5g
  • protein47g
  • salt1g
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  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 100g quinoa



    Tiny, bead-shaped, with a slightly bitter flavour and firm texture, quinoa may not be a…

  • 600ml hot chicken stock
  • 100g dried apricots, sliced
  • ½ x 250g pouch ready-to-use Puy lentils



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • small bunch coriander, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the chicken with the Cajun spice and arrange in a single layer in a roasting tin. Bake for 20 mins until the chicken is cooked. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in the chicken stock for 15 mins until tender, adding the apricots and lentils for the final 5 mins. Drain and place into a large bowl with the chicken, toss together.

  3. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan and soften the onions for 10-15 mins. Toss the onions into the quinoa with the coriander and some seasoning, then mix well.

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12th Dec, 2011
Will make this again - was easy to do and tasty - hubby really enjoyed it even though he's not a lentil lover (but does like quinoa). I hadn't had puy lentils before and tried them out of the pouch - wasn't really keen and nearly didn't add them but glad I did because once they were in the dish they tasted a lot better. Good way to use up leftover veg.
5th Dec, 2011
Very easy to make and tasty dish. Even my boyfriend (who has a bit of a pulse aversion) loved this dish. The Cajun spice really gives it the depth of flavour and the lentils and quinoa make it a very filling dish. A tasty and healthy dish great for mid-week dinners.
1st Dec, 2011
Really tasty recipe, a lovely healthy winter warmer, very filling. Tastes even nicer eaten the next day. I also used veg stock instead of chicken stock, but I did use chicken pieces and it was lovely. Hope to add this to the weekly favourites
10th Sep, 2011
I am on a diet and was looking for a low calorie but filling meal. I tried this but added red, yellow and green peppers but instead of frying the veg I roasted them with the chicken and added garlic as well. the end result a scrumptious healthy filling meal. I will definitely cook this again.
2nd Sep, 2011
Really enjoyed this. Used quorn instead of chicken so didn't bake first, but mixed with 1tbsp of oil and the cajun seasoning, then cooked with the onion for 10 mins. Used veg stock instead of chicken.
22nd Jun, 2011
Delicious way to enjoy quinoa. Will make again, but add green veg like spinach or broccoli next time.
10th Jun, 2011
What a great recipe, I did cook the quinola, for a few minutes longer. But other than that it was fab!! and very easy to follow.
31st May, 2011
We really enjoyed this. Only made for 2 so made up amounts as I went along but worked out well. Easy for mid-week dinner and will def be making again. Added some red peppers to the onions which complimented the chicken.
25th May, 2011
lovely....we made a few adjustments....check out our food blog http://www.isitworthwaitingfor.com/2011/05/cajun-chicken-with-quinoa-and-puy.html
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11th May, 2011
Enjoyed this recipe very much, however I'd have to agree with some of the other comments that more vegetables need to be added ... I'm sure peppers would work very well. I also found the quinoa needed to be cooked for longer .... but otherwise it was delicious :-)


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